Review: Thunderhead


Title: Thunderhead
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: 2018
Page Count: 536
Rating: 5/5

If you have not read Scythe by Neal Shusterman, this review may contain spoilers for Scythe but not Thunderhead.

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With Citra as now the junior scythe to Scythe Curie and Rowan is off the grid while the Scythedom searches for him, things are changing quickly. Citra has her own unique way of gleaning that has the Scythedom questioning her but her reasoning is valid. But now someone is trying to kill both Citra and Scythe Curie and they must stay on the move to avoid being caught by their mysterious attacker. The Thunderhead cannot intervene even at times that he wants to so he sends someone through the loopholes to help out. Greyson Tolliver. Greyson has grown up talking to the Thunderhead all the time since his parents don’t care about him. But the Thunderhead will really test Greyson through trials and question if the Thunderhead really knows what it’s doing.

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The Arc of Scythe series has forever changed the way that I read. It blows my mind how well written this story is and how Neal Shusterman thought of EVERYTHING! I haven’t stopped thinking about this series and I wish I could tell everyone to just stop what they are doing and read it. It has easily become my favorite series this year and even my favorite of all time. Citra is my favorite female character now. She is so smart and such a great leader and I can’t wait to see what she does in the next book.

As some people say that Thunderhead is a little slow, I can agree with that at the beginning. We see the story from a new character, Greyson, and while reading it might be a little slow to learn about who he is and where he has come from. Though it may be slow, it’s never boring. I was never bored while reading this book. Also, I did really enjoy Scythe Curie in the book Scythe but after reading Thunderhead I just had a whole new level of love for her. She is also strong like Citra and just so compassionate. Most of the time with YA series, when we get introduced to new characters, I tend not to like them as much, but with Greyson, I immediately enjoyed him as a character. He has such a personal relationship with the Thunderhead because he was practically raised by it. And to see his life spiral down and out of control, it just broke my heart. But he never gave up, even when he wanted to.

There are so many biblical references in Thunderhead that I never saw coming and it was just fantastic! There are quite a few surprises and plot twists that I really didn’t see coming and one especially was heartbreaking but it made the story that much better. I have no idea when the third book is coming out. On Goodreads it just says 2019 but I really don’t know what I’m going to do until then. This series is on a whole new level and all of the books that I read from now, are going to have a hard time reaching that level. I wish that I would have taken notes while reading this book so when I re-read it (probably later this year) I will make sure I take notes.

I highly recommend this series, if you couldn’t guess. Please let me know what you thought of it. I would love to discuss this book with you!

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3 thoughts on “Review: Thunderhead

  1. This makes me so happy that you liked this! I am currently on a waitlist on Overdrive for it and I should be getting it soon! I adored the first book and I’m positive I will like the second, especially after reading this review.

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    1. It’s so amazing! I still haven’t stopped thinking about this series. I watched polandbananasbooks review on Thunderhead after watching it (it contains spoilers) and she did a good job at pointing out all of the religious parallels and it was just mind blowing.

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